FAC251 to open its doors

One of Manchester's most ambitious new nightspots FAC251 - The Factory is preparing to open its doors.

Once a post industrial wasteland, Manchester's resurgence can in part be attributed to its vibrant music scene. From the birth of Northern Soul in The Twisted Wheel to the iconoclastic story of Factory Records the city has been at the epicentre of virtually every musical revolution going.

The famous Hacienda club sits proudly as one of the city's most accomplished achievements. Sadly closing in 1997 the club merged groundbreaking architecture with an open minded music policy that saw the sun rise on the Second Summer Of Love.

For almost a decade Manchester has lacked a club capable of tackling the legacy of the Hacienda - until now. Using the former office space of Factory Records, new nightclub FAC251 aims to resurrect the spirit of that iconic institution.

Using Hacienda architect Ben Kelly to help arrange the inner workings of the three storey venue, FAC251 retains the ground breaking spirit of its forebears. Set in a rapidly changing city The Factory is a club that aims to pulled Manchester's nightlife out of the past and into the future.

Opening on February 5th, one time New Order bass player Peter Hook has arranged a very special performance. Playing music from throughout his career, the hugely respected musician will be joined by some superstar company.

Guests are due to include Primal Scream bass player Mani, one time Happy Mondays associate Rowetta and more. Expect to hear tunes from New Order, the under-rated Monaco and of course Peter Hook's eagerly anticipated Freebass project.

Amongst the other minds behind the FAC251 venue is Aaron Mellor, who actually began his clubbing career at The Hacienda. With substantially more business nous however Mellor has gone on to dominate the music industry, running more than a dozen venues across the country.

FAC251 is set to open on February 5th.

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